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Old 11-20-2015, 12:06 AM
 
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I have a Google Voice number that I use as my primary number. I'm thinking about getting a smart phone -does it matter what type of phone I get if I want to use Google Voice on it?

Any input appreciated!
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:42 AM
 
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It does not matter. You can even use it on an iPhone.

However, for the best experience I would recommend an Android phone. A higher end Android phone.

Alternatives to Samsung S6?
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:43 PM
 
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It does not matter. You can even use it on an iPhone.

However, for the best experience I would recommend an Android phone. A higher end Android phone.

Alternatives to Samsung S6?
Thank you-
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Old 11-26-2015, 03:32 PM
 
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I have a Google Voice number that I use as my primary number. I'm thinking about getting a smart phone -does it matter what type of phone I get if I want to use Google Voice on it?

Any input appreciated!
Maybe this point is obvious, but if you download google voice/hangouts onto a cell phone it will only work when you are connected to wifi.

Google project Fi will allow you to connect your google voice and have coverge over cellular networks, but the phones are very expensive.

If you don't want to spends hundreds of dollars on a phone, and your target is more like $60 or less, than an option is a PPC Android phone.
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/phones/

You can download google voice/hangouts on this phone. When you are near Wifi you can use Google Voice, and when you are not you can forward GV to you PPC number.

For instance you can use a page plus cellular plan for $25 (good for 120 days). This plan permits you to make phone calls for 6 cents a minute (texts for 5 cents a minute). Forward you google voice number to your PPC number and answer it on the road when you want. If you don't answer there is no charge.
Remember, do not give out your PPC number as you will not be able to talk for free when you have wifi.

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Old 11-26-2015, 10:41 PM
 
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Maybe this point is obvious, but if you download google voice/hangouts onto a cell phone it will only work when you are connected to wifi.

Google project Fi will allow you to connect your google voice and have coverge over cellular networks, but the phones are very expensive.

If you don't want to spends hundreds of dollars on a phone, and your target is more like $60 or less, than an option is a PPC Android phone.
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/phones/

You can download google voice/hangouts on this phone. When you are near Wifi you can use Google Voice, and when you are not you can forward GV to you PPC number.

For instance you can use a page plus cellular plan for $25 (good for 120 days). This plan permits you to make phone calls for 6 cents a minute (texts for 5 cents a minute). Forward you google voice number to your PPC number and answer it on the road when you want. If you don't answer there is no charge.
Remember, do not give out your PPC number as you will not be able to talk for free when you have wifi.
Thanks. I had read a bit about Google project Fi before, but not all the details.

I'm not sure which phone I want yet. Also not sure which provider I want to go with either.

Lots to think about.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:40 PM
 
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I'm not sure which phone I want yet. Also not sure which provider I want to go with either. Lots to think about.
I suggest that you go as cheap as possible at the beginning. If you don't like it then you can upgrade later.
The phone I have highlighted is $80 and carries Android 4.0 . Buy the Michelangelo FREE plan which only requires a $10 balance on your credit card. The $10 balance only covers the minimal charges if you exceed the allotted 1000 minutes and 1000 texts and 500 MB per month.

Samsung Galaxy Rush (M830) (New)
https://ringplus.net/

Load Google Voice on the phone and use that wherever you have wifi. Forward your Google voice number to your Ring Plus number so that you can draw on your 1000 minutes and 1000 texts when you are not within wifi range. If you are careful to seek out wifi for your long conversations you will never exceed your free Ring+ allowance every month. Every shopping center has free wifi someplace, as do many fast food places.

If you don't like Ring+ then you can reuse the phone on any other provider that uses Sprint network (Boost, or dozens of others).
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:06 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Honestly, I would recommend against using Google Voice as your primary number if you plan on using it through data.

Any time I call using Hangouts over LTE or WiFi, the voice quality isn't great, and it's almost like a walkie talkie. If I talk while the other person is talking, they cannot hear me.

However, if you have all calls forwarded to your cell number, I'm sure that would work better.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:07 AM
 
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Maybe this point is obvious, but if you download google voice/hangouts onto a cell phone it will only work when you are connected to wifi.

Google project Fi will allow you to connect your google voice and have coverge over cellular networks, but the phones are very expensive.

If you don't want to spends hundreds of dollars on a phone, and your target is more like $60 or less, than an option is a PPC Android phone.
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/phones/

You can download google voice/hangouts on this phone. When you are near Wifi you can use Google Voice, and when you are not you can forward GV to you PPC number.

For instance you can use a page plus cellular plan for $25 (good for 120 days). This plan permits you to make phone calls for 6 cents a minute (texts for 5 cents a minute). Forward you google voice number to your PPC number and answer it on the road when you want. If you don't answer there is no charge.
Remember, do not give out your PPC number as you will not be able to talk for free when you have wifi.
Thanks for the information... very interesting, I'll give this a try.
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